Texas Application Carrying License hits 7-year low, handgun purchase remains high

When governments locked the world down in March 2020, handgun sales skyrocketed, with background checks in Texas more than doubling the previous month.

Likewise, the background checks conducted for long gun purchases and License to Carry (LTC) applications in the Lone Star State and across the country continued to increase during the chaotic year.

While they didn’t beat their initial highs, these stats have remained consistently higher at the national and state levels, with one glaring exception in Texas.

New National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) data shows that the number of LTC claims fell further last month to 18,500, which is the lowest amount in any given month since February 2015 when it bottomed at 17,000.

The decline in controls on LTC applications began earlier this year when a bill on “constitutional wear” – i.

This law came into force in September.

An LTC may still be required under certain circumstances, e.g. B. when worn in the State Capitol. Obtaining a license can also help expedite the process of future gun purchases and can be used in other states that still require a permit to carry but have a reciprocity with Texas.

NICS controls on handgun purchases in Texas last month were 70,400, up from 57,300 controls in November 2019, but fewer than 78,800 in November 2020.

There was less variation in controls on long gun purchases across the state. Last month the total hit 44,900, up slightly from 41,900 two years ago, but down from 56,300 last year.

Data from the Federal Criminal Police Office.

At the national level, a similar trend was observed in that, for the month of November, background checks for handguns and long guns increased from 2019 onwards, but decreased from 2020 onwards.

But background checks for permit applications have increased year on year, albeit with a decrease from some highs this summer.

Data from the Federal Criminal Police Office.

Although handgun sales remain high, ammunition supply appears to be catching up with demand.

For example, the price for a round of 9mm is currently about $ 0.30 according to Ammunition prices now, up from an annual high of about $ 0.70 in January.

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